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The Independence

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Santa Monica
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205 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2311 (2nd Street)
+1 310-458-2500
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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377 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is usually our first stop when we visit Santa Monica, it's clean, good quality food, nice staff, good menu, light and airy...just a great place to have a drink, have lunch or dinner...sit at the bar..it's the best!

Thank worldwide002
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant was right next to my hotel for my last stay in Santa Monica! I was enticed by the "Bottomless Mimosas 11AM-3PM $18" sign standing outside of the door. After shopping with some friends, I headed over solo to check out the scene. I sat at the bar and enjoyed conversations with the locals, other visitors, and of course... More 

Thank Kaylee N
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46 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

We had a 9 hour layover in LA so headed to Santa Monica for the afternoon. We did the pier and beach and then some shopping an then had an early dinner at the independence. A menu that is not too long but enough variety to suit most palates. OK beer and wine choices too. Not fancy - but good... More 

Thank SkaraBrae
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Had dinner here on first night of out stay - burger and Brussels sprout salad were both fantastic, good choice of draught beers and the service was excellent and unobtrusive - would definitely recommend

Thank MrRedStar
Los Angeles, California
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188 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

My family stopped in here for brunch after walking around the promenade. I had the hangover hash which was ok. It was a little dry and incredibly hot. It took a while for it to cool off before I could enjoy it. My favorite by far was the parmesan truffle fries. This place is kid friendly. My son enjoyed his... More 

Thank Maya D
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73 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

We arrived late at our hotel and needed to find somewhere in a hurry. Fortunately The Independence was nearby. The restaurant was busy which was a good sign and we all decided to have the fish and chips! Would recommend as also close to the pier and front.

Thank TrickyTrevLondon
Cincinnati, Ohio
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

This was our first meal in Santa Monica and it was DELISH! Great Sunday brunch spot as they have unlimited Mimosas for $17/pp. After lunch we headed to Third Street. Very close by. This restaurant is very clean, delicious food and nice employees.

Thank Tina Y
Cincinnati, Ohio
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

The food here is excellent and the atmosphere is casual, a perfect combination. Excellent happy hour menu and prices.

Thank MBL625
Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

This place makes a good burger and some good sandwiches. The prices have been raised and this is no longer the bargain it used to be.

Thank rj100032655
Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

I had a roast beef salad which was an amazing change from all the basic iceberg salads on most menus. No faults on the service. And they offer bottomless mimosas on a Sunday between 11-3 (limited to 2 hours) which seemed very popular. Also looked family friendly. Modern relaxed feel to the place

Thank Janemspm

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $50
American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2311
    (2nd Street)
  • Public Transportation: The MTA 4 line stops 1 block away from Buddha"s Belly at Santa Monica and Second Street. The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus lines 1 and 7 stop right by Buddha's Belly at Broadway and Second Street.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-458-2500
The Independence is a modern American restaurant with a seasonal menu made from and inspired by fresh California ingredients. We offer one of the best Happy Hours in town. Come for the quality, stay for the warm service! We look forward to serving you. Cheers!

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